Previously the Compton-based rapper visited a high school in North Bergen, New Jersey to discuss Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, his album To Pimp A Butterfly, and internal and institutionalized racism.

His latest video "Alright" directed by Colin Tilley is a black and white love letter to Compton, and a brutal reminder of police brutality. Interspersed between scenes of Lamar and his friends partying and peeling out in an car doing donuts in an Oakland parking lot are chilling images of black men being shot at by cops, black men being thrown to the ground, kids dancing on top of cop cars, and cops carrying Lamar and his crew. The nearly seven minute short film marries jazz, references to The Color Purple, the state of racism of America today with that of Lamar’s harrowing lyricism.

The video also features a cameo by Top Dawg labelmate. Schoolboy Q. 

To Pimp A Butterfly is out on shelves right now. 

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